I've been hoarding these links up since mid-September, because I am 2 parts monster, 1 part super busy and 1 part perhaps need to learn to say no. I got rid of the stuff that I'm pretty sure you'd have fallen into a deep well in Siberia to have missed (Bridget Jones is back, Mark Darcy is not, JK Rowling is writing a movie set inside Harry Potterworld but prior to it. I'd say spoilers, but whatever, the Internet took care of that weeks ago). So, without further adieu, read on, and enjoy with your tasty Tuesday lunch.
Libraries and Design
- Hello, library porn.
- After Mrs. Gav reads and I had an awesome drink at the Library Bar in London, I've come to consider myself a bit of a library lush. File this under places I'd like to get a drink: The Library Bar in NYC.
- Do you need some new wall art and are you also perhaps a beer drinking TV nerd? Well, well, well: look no further.
- It had to happen: Librarian Shaming
- The Strongest Librarian arm wrestled the man with the scariest mind in a battle of...wrists?
Literacy and Literature
- Really, what would we do without BuzzFeed? (Don't answer that. I know we'd see daylight.) Those wily minxed have compiled a list of 21 Halloween costumes pulled straight from children's books.
- An EpicReads mashup of 10 YA titles and 10 So You Think You Can Dance dance routines. I have...read one of the books. Because I've been avoiding daylight and spending too much time on Buzzfeed, obvi.
- Map of the day: the most famous book from every state in the U.S.A.
- I already thought the YMCA was pretty great, but now they're going and expanding their early literacy initiatives (thanks to a grant from Kellogg, who also sometimes sponsors my breakfast).
- I was totally unaware that John Grisham wrote a sequel A Time To Kill, but I'm actually interested enough to want to pick up a copy!
- Great interview with the great Patrick Ness, whose most recent title I gave to the PopTart this summer as a birthday gift that I plan to steal back (are you done yet?).
- What your favorite Babysitters Club character says about you (seriously, did you phone Jessie Ramsey in or what, HuffPo?).
- NPR claims that teens are terrified by the economy. Their evidence: the rise of dystopian fiction. As someone who spends a lot of time in the company of teens, I'd say maybe, but that's a bit of a stretch, especially because the case presented by the article is like Swiss Cheese: full of holes. BS alert!
- Why it's okay to be a grownup fan of YA novels. And why it's maybesortofkindof okay to crush on YA characters (But seriously, I rule that it's impossible not to feel conflicted, unless *caveat* it's a fantasy novel. Then you can perv on, perv.).
- Slightly embarrassed by this, but Harper Lee is still alive?!
Movies and TV
- I am really, really excited about Outlander being a TV series. Here's why you should be too. But really: KILTS.
- There are so many new things Divergent movie related. Or...no longer new. Maybe even old. But posters! Four!
- I had no idea that If I Stay was already in the casting process. Plus, can we briefly discuss The Giver adaptation? I agree with Lois Lowry that a movie audience will probably better buy an older teen cast, but does casting older teens then turn The Giver into YA, when I firmly feel it is in the (best of all-time) Children's literature category? Help me ponder, please, all two readers and twelve spambots who regularly follow this blog.
And just because...
Until the next time I horrify myself by having to weed through 40 links I've hoarded up....
Truly, madly, deeply,